Kelly Floro

Oh hey there! I'm Ibex, the lead writer and content editor of this site. Before I started working for The Trek, I thru-hiked the AT and explored many other incredible trails around North America. I mostly spend my spare time scheming new adventures and inadvertently setting my hair on fire while cooking.

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ATC to Resume 2000-Miler Program, Says Thru-Hikes Now “Safer”

ATC to Resume 2000-Miler Program, Says Thru-Hikes Now “Safer”

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announced on Tuesday that "long-distance hiking on the A.T. is now considered to be a safer activity." The

May 12, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Enlightened Equipment Torrid Pullover Review

Enlightened Equipment Torrid Pullover Review

The cottage gear world's most beloved puffy jacket just got an update. The Enlightened Equipment Torrid Pullover retains all the glorious synthetic

Apr 28, 2021 : Kelly Floro
AT Killer James Jordan Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

AT Killer James Jordan Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

James Jordan, the Massachusetts man who killed an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and seriously wounded another in a May 2019 attack, has been ruled not

Apr 26, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Hiker Found Dead on Mt. Whitney Likely Attempting Single-Day Summit

Hiker Found Dead on Mt. Whitney Likely Attempting Single-Day Summit

Following an intensive two-day search, on Tuesday Inyo County Search and Rescue recovered the body of a deceased hiker who had been reported missing

Apr 22, 2021 : Kelly Floro
8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

8 Reasons Vanlife is Perfect for Thru-Hikers

After hiking the Appalachian Trail, I became one of many thru-hikers to get involved with vanlife. As is often the case, getting back into the swing

Apr 15, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Eddie Bauer Centennial MicroTherm 1000 Puffy Review

Eddie Bauer Centennial MicroTherm 1000 Puffy Review

"Eddie Bauer Centennial Collection Microtherm 1000 puffy" is a bit of a mouthful. So many words. Let's break that down. The Centennial Collection is

Mar 10, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2021 (Thru-Hiker Friendly)

Best Backpacking Sleeping Pads of 2021 (Thru-Hiker Friendly)

It may not be as sexy as a tent, backpack, or sleeping bag, but the humble backpacking sleeping pad is just as critical (and often just as expensive)

Feb 2, 2021 : Kelly Floro
ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

ATC Will Not Recognize Thru-Hikes During Pandemic

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) indicated in a post on January 21st that they will not issue hangtags or recognize thru-hikes while the

Jan 27, 2021 : Kelly Floro
2021 PCT Long-distance Permits Will be Issued; Portal to Open January 19

2021 PCT Long-distance Permits Will be Issued; Portal to Open January 19

The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) announced on January 5 that 2021 PCT Long-distance Permits will be issued at normal levels starting

Jan 5, 2021 : Kelly Floro
A Complete List of Individual Permits Needed to Hike the PCT

A Complete List of Individual Permits Needed to Hike the PCT

Every (normal) year, prospective PCT thru-hikers queue up in an online waiting room to apply for a PCT Long-distance Permit. This interagency pass is

Jan 5, 2021 : Kelly Floro